Teacher found dead in Cadiz

A MALE public school teacher was found dead in a sugarcane plantation at Pueblo Sta. Maria Subdivision, Barangay Daga in Cadiz City, Negros Occidental on Sunday.

Police identified the victim as Eric Geronga, 37, a teacher of General Aniceto Lacson Elementary School in Barangay Cadiz Viejo.

Chief Inspector Rocky Desear, city police chief, said Geronga, with a lone gunshot wound in his head, was found by caretaker Jake Figueroa.

Police recovered from the scene a .357 caliber revolver and a fired cartridge, and a holster.

On Saturday night, Geronga left home around 7:30 p.m., but did not tell the househelp where he was going.

His wife, who attended an event, texted him around 7:45 p.m., but she did not get a reply because Geronga’s mobile phone was left at home.

Around noon the following day, Geronga’s body was found. He was holding a holster in his left hand while his face was slightly covered by his right hand. His body was subjected to an autopsy.

Desear said initial investigation showed that Geronga ended his own life as he was seen walking alone towards the sugarcane field, based on the footage taken by a nearby closed circuit television camera.

However, the victim’s family was not convinced that he committed suicide. His wife said they did not have problems with their relationship and with their finances.

Desear said investigators will also ask Gerona’s co-workers about his background.
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